Sunday, January 30, 2011

Matilda of Canossa's Castles

How do you convey the sensation of an ancient ruined castle  keep whilst standing in the 4m x4m space inside ?  
Canossa Castle, RE at 270°

I have been experimenting with   Microsoft’s free stitching program:  ICE (   using  some of the “Castelli Matildiche”  near where I live to maybe resolve the problem. Anyway they are fun to do.
The results are a bit unpredictable and the prospective effects give strange exaggerated results.

Monte Vetro, Quattro Castella RE at a view of about 180°
The Castelli Matildiche are a series of castles in the foothills of the Apennines, mostly in the province of Reggio Emilia founded  by Matilde di  Canossa a medieval  queen famous in Italian history. ( in Italian)

Monte Zagno, Quattro Castella, RE. The space inside is about 4m x 6m.
I was in the corner of the keep

Monte Zagno, Quattro castella, RE
Monte Zagno Quattro Castella, RE

Monte Lucio, Quattro Castella, RE

Rossenella and Rossena, RE

Rosenella and Rossena, RE

Montechiarugolo, PR

Montechiarugolo, PR

Montecchio, RE

Monday, January 24, 2011

Castello di Borzano

For the first  long walk this year I did  a circular route from Borzano(Reggio Emilia)  – Ca di Vento – Borzano  which takes about four hours.
I saw the remains of the Castello di Borzano perched on a rocky outcrop and then had a look around the remains of a medieval village at the foot the castle  . I then climbed up to Ca di Vento where I saw some nice views of the Apennines covered with snow whilst walking along the hill crest.    

Castello di Borzano
Castello di Borzano
Medieval Village Borzano
Castello di Borzano
Near Ca di Vento
Vines Ca di Vento

All in all a very pleasant walk in the Apennine foothills, even though at the end my legs reminded me that it was the first long walk this year !

Friday, January 7, 2011


I have just done another Blurb book featuring photos of mud!
Bit by bit over the years I have put this muddy collection together.

 Here some excerpts.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year 2011 in Ferrara

We saw the new year arrive in Ferrara where they "burn the castle" at midnight.

Composite panoramic photo of the castle

Palazzo dei Diamanti
Corso Ercole 1 D'Este

Tiger in the Cathedral